Q&A - Prospect Lake Elementary School Safety Problem
Prospect Lake Elementary School is located in the 200 block of Prospect Lake Rd. A few years ago another nearby elementary school was shut down and all the students were sent here. The school population doubled.
This resulted in an acute parking problem for parents driving their kids to school. This is a semi-rural area with no bus service and only those who live within a kilometre can walk. If you look at Google maps street view you will see the situation:
There is a very narrow sidewalk flanked by a very deep ditch. There is no street parking allowed anywhere on the west side of the school.
Parents park on the sidewalk because that is the only place to go. The school parking lot is woefully inadequate. The street is posted as a no parking zone.
The result is no one, kids, parents, or other pedestrians can use the sidewalk. Everyone is forced to walk on the pavement during busy times.
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It is a collision waiting to happen.
Local police do not ticket the cars because they are understaffed. On a good day there are only 3 officers on duty in the traffic unit and they are responsible for over 270 km of streets.
The way I see it there are several parties that aren't doing their job:
- The school board is too cheap to provide adequate parking, even though they have lots of available space.
- The parents are parking illegally and putting themselves and their kids in grave danger.
- The Police are not ticketing for parking in a no parking zone and also for partially blocking the road.
It is a sad situation and I can see no resolution until there is a serious accident or a death.